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Unification of Fundamental Forces and Applications

Objective

The UNIFY exchange programme has two main scientific objectives. One objective is to gain new insights on the quantum mechanical description of the gravitational interaction, an outstanding fundamental problem in theoretical physics, of crucial importance to our understanding of the Universe and of the forces between its basic constituents. The other main objective is to explore recent developments in String Theory and Quantum Gravity in the fields of Cosmology, Black Hole Physics and Gauge Theory. The forthcoming years will bring unprecedented experimental discoveries in these fields of research and are sure to call for new explanations and to shape our attempts to construct an unifying theory of all interactions. These huge costly experiments (LHC, gravitational wave detection, PLANCK) are driven by theory, and theory is essential to analyse and interpret the vast data sets they produce. By creating an effective training platform, well connected to these efforts, UNIFY will play a major role in advancing EU research agendas in 'big science' projects that may lead to unprecedented insights into the fundamental workings of nature.
UNIFY will achieve its goals by setting a challenging exchange programme that involves world leading CNRS laboratories in Paris, Humboldt Univ. and the Albert Einstein Institute in Berlin, and the Univ. of Santigago de Compostela and of Porto. The international partners that joined this collaboration are the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada, the Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics and Caltech in the USA, and the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe in Japan. UNIFY institutions will organize a number of thematic work programmes to push our present knowledge of the law's of nature to its very limit.
UNIFY also includes in its exchange programme a strong dimension on the training of the next generation of theoretical physicists, as to establish long lasting collaborations between its partners.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/astrophysics/black hole
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/string theory
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/observational astronomy/gravitational waves

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IRSES
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Funding Scheme

MC-IRSES - International research staff exchange scheme (IRSES)

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Address
Praca Gomes Teixeira
4099 002 Porto
Portugal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 100 800
Administrative Contact
Miguel Sousa Costa (Dr.)

Participants (2)

HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAET ZU BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 151 200
Address
Unter Den Linden 6
10117 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrich Winderl (Mr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 151 200
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Cristophe Coste (Dr.)